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  • Writer's pictureKelsey Hogan, President/CEO of Yellow Rose Consulting

What is ADA Compliance and Why is it Critical?

Updated: Jan 30, 2021

‘ADA Compliance’ refers to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and pushes for organizations/agencies/companies to determine what accommodations can be made to make content accessible to everyone. As the Internet has only become more ubiquitous since then, websites and the content on them have come under the ‘umbrella’ of services that are vulnerable to a lawsuit if they’re not accessible to all users.

‘WCAG’ is a list of guidelines provided for organizations/agencies to follow, in order to create and maintain an accessible website for all users. These are not law, as the government has not determined or set defined standards that organizations/agencies must meet to remain in compliance.

Although guidelines and definitions can be interpreted differently, depending on different users or court cases, overall it has been universally accepted that anything serving as a ‘Public Accommodation’ must be ADA compliant.

Here are a couple of critical reasons why you should be prioritizing addressing your website’s documents compliance:

  1. Lawsuits; not meeting minimum guidelines, not providing auxiliary aids, accessibility limited.

  2. Citizens constantly contacting your organization/agency/company for direct help/assistance, due to the fact that they can’t find or access what they need via the website.

With the documents on your website being ‘Public Accommodation’ and providing valuable information to the citizens that you serve, additional care and effort should be taken to ensure that everyone who visits your website is able to access/use everything equally.

As ADA Compliance has become standard for most companies, you want to work with someone who has experience with these guidelines, meeting standards and has an understanding on how to ensure that ‘Accessible’ content is uploaded onto your website.

You will want someone to virtually ‘Teach’ your staff how to move forward with the implementation without outside guidance.

This is where our company's experience and expertise can save you from having to dedicate an internal IT person to the task of training and ensuring that the ADA Compliance standards have been met. Let us assist your employees in reviewing and auditing your documents, we will show your staff how they can make any document as compliant as possible while using current software and tools.

How can Yellow Rose Consulting help your organization?

One day sessions will provide:

  • A basic understanding of how to work with the software program - Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.

  • All classes will work/train with YOUR organization/agency/company's actual documents and assist your staff in learning by “hands-on” experience, rather than a classroom style curriculum.

  • A minimum of 1 document will be completed per employee attending

  • Training classes can be completed in as little as one session (8hrs.)

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